Thursday, January 30, 2014

Campus E-News

Benchmark Testing Dates
Our 4th Grade students have been participating in the Mock STAAR for Writing this past week and both 3rd and 4th Grade students will continue with Math and Reading next week. Our teachers and staff are doing a great job monitoring students in the hallways, the cafeteria, and of course the classrooms on these testing days. Just a reminder the following dates are testing dates for next week:
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Math - Monday, February 3 
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Reading - Tuesday, February 4
Our campus will be closed to outside visitors during this time. We will be using these test scores to help focus your classroom instruction for the rest of year. Please be sure to let parents know the dates for the testing.

Curriculum Visit
Judy Caskey and Julia Robinson had wonderful things to say about our teachers last week during their visit. Your team leader has a copy of the reports being completed by Judy Caskey if you would like to see one. These report are being submitted to TEA each week... we are doing a great job with our students. Please continue doing the excellent work you do each day.

Valentine's Day Parties
Our times for the valentine's day parties will be as follows:
  • Kindergarten & 1st Grade - 1:30-2:00
  • 2nd & 3rd Grades - 2:00-2:30
Staff Development Day
On February 17, we will have a staff development day to go over a lot of information from the benchmark assessments. Half the day will be spent with district/campus safety and security information while the other half will be on data driven decisions for our students. More information will be coming.

Edcamp Awesome
Please save the date for #edcampawesome on February 22nd at Royse City HS. This will be a great event and professional development opportunity for anyone. Here is a short video description about edcamps in general, and I also made a video about edcamps on my blog. Be sure to visit the Edcamp Awesome wiki for more information.



Building Relationships with Students
I normally don't like to end with a troubling message, but I feel this is important for you all to see. Mr. Worthy shared this video with all the campus principals today about an alleged bullying issue caught on a school bus video camera.

Mr. Worthy reminds us that even though it happened in another school district, this could happen in Royse City too. This video is difficult to watch but I hope it can serve as a great reminder to continue developing strong relationships with ALL students and their parents EVERYDAY!!



Dates to Remember
  • February 3 - 3rd & 4th Grades Math Benchmark
  • February 4 - 3rd & 4th Grades Reading Benchmark
  • February 5-7 - TCEA
  • February 10 - Monthly Staff Meeting
  • February 12 - Children's Opera is coming to Scott Elementary
  • February 13 - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night
  • February 17 - Staff Development Day (No Classes)
  • February 20 - All Pro Dads
  • February 20 - Bedtime Stories @ 6:30pm
  • February 22 - Edcamp Awesome

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

TASA MidWinter Conference 2014

I having a wonderful time in Austin this week with our district administration team. Lots of great conversations about planning for the future and getting our students ready for the 21st Century. Our district has been invited to join the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. You will be hearing more about what this is over the next several months. I also presented yesterday to the administrator here on Digital Leadership. Here's a picture of Commissioner Michael Williams addressing the administrators here at MidWinter.

For my Twitter teachers, you can follow the conversation here at the conference using the following hashtags:

#tasa14
#midwinter14
#txfutureready

We have several Royse City ISD district teachers and administrators attending the TCEA Conference next week. Four teachers from Scott Elementary will be attending and sharing some of the content they will learn with the rest of us.

Good Luck 4th Grade with testing tomorrow! You guys will rock it!!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Chromebook Workshop



We are planning to conduct a Google Chromebook Workshop on Wednesdays after school for the next several weeks. This will be a come-and-go atmosphere AND strictly voluntary.

I would like to know what questions you have about the Chromebooks before we meet so I can know what to plan for by workshop meeting.

Click here to access the Google Doc for the Chromebook Topic Workshop.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Congrats January's Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Month

Laura Garcia, 3rd Grade


Campus E-News

Just a few Reminders...
The HumanX staff will come and visit with you about your responses to the survey this Friday @ 10:50-12:05. During this time, you will be working together to develop a plan to improve our campus. Dr. Bright and I will not be present with you during this meeting so you can work with the HumanX staff openly. All staff members, please make plans to be present.

Chromebook Workshop
I will be posting some basic tips and tricks to my website about Chromebook uses. Also I plan to have a short come/go workshops on Wednesdays afterschool for some small group instruction about how to use the Chromebooks. These workshops are completely voluntary and will be used to help support your needs. We will be learning together during this time. More details will be coming soon.

Benchmark Testing Dates
Our 3rd and 4th Grade students will be participating in benchmark testing (or Mock STAAR) testing later this month and beginning of next month:
  • 4th Grade Writing - Wednesday, January 29 & Thursday, January 30
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Math - Monday, February 3 
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Reading - Tuesday, February 4
Our campus will be closed to outside visitors during this time. We will be using these test scores to help focus your classroom instruction for the rest of year. Please be sure to let parents know the dates for the testing.

iStation/Think Through Math
We are planning to visit with you about how to use these two programs with your students very soon. Please stay tuned for updates.

Curriculum Visit Next Week
Judy Caskey (our Professional Service Provider from TEA) LOVED her visit to our campus yesterday. Thank you teachers for all your excellent work! She will be visiting again Thursday, January 23rd - probably in the morning.

Also, Julia Robinson will be visiting with our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade teachers also next Thursday during their conference times. She will be bringing curriculum data about our students. Please plan according.

Dates to Remember
  • January 6-January 31 - Yearbook Orders
  • January 17 & January 20 - No School
  • January 21 - PTO Board Mtg @ 6:00pm
  • January 22 - Team Leader Meeting @ 3:30pm
  • January 29 & 30- 4th Grade Writing Benchmark
  • January 30 - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night @ 5:00-7:30pm
  • February 3 - 3rd & 4th Grades Math Benchmark
  • February 4 - 3rd & 4th Grades Reading Benchmark
  • February 5-7 - TCEA
  • February 10 - Monthly Staff Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January's Teacher of the Month

wtfm.com
Cast your vote for a NEW Teacher of the Month. The Teacher of the Month is a monthly award that recognizes a teacher who exemplifies excellence in education. The Teacher of the Month will be given a parking space in the staff parking lot for that month and a special treat.
Please select ONE teacher who exemplifies our district's vision of Empowering Students & Shaping the Future.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Campus News

Welcome back! We hope you’ve had a restful and wonderful break from school the last few weeks. We started off this new year trying to finish out the school semester. I know you have lots to wrap up before next week. Be sure you communicate with parents/students to turn in all make-up and missing assignments before the end of next week.

Just a Reminder...
We are our January Staff Meeting this Monday after school. We will be going over testing procedures for our students.

Benchmark Testing 
Our 3rd and 4th Grade students will be participating in benchmark testing (or Mock STAAR) testing later this month and beginning of next month:
  • 4th Grade Writing - Wednesday, January 29 & Thursday, January 30
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Math - Monday, February 3 
  • 3rd & 4th Grades Reading - Tuesday, February 4
Our campus will be closed to outside visitors during this time. We will be using these test scores to help focus your classroom instruction for the rest of year. Please be sure to let parents know the dates for the testing.

Reading/Math Programs
3rd and 4th Grade parents will be also be receiving information about a Reading and Math programs students can use to help support their learning at home. The Reading program is called iStation and the Math program is called Think Through Math. Both programs are free for our students to use and be accessed at home. Teachers also have the ability to view student progress from their computers. Students will have the opportunity to work towards incentives for the rest of the school year. 

Also, we are purchasing the Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade version to iStation for our students to use during intervention. More information about these programs will be coming later this month.

Early Release/Curriculum Planning
Just a reminder, we have a early release on Thursday, January 16 @ 12:30pm. We will not have specials on this day and Dr. Bright had developed a schedule for this day (click on the link). After dismissal, we will meet again at Fort Elementary for our curriculum planning time. Be sure to bring your curriculum notebooks for this time. The Curriculum team will be sharing information for the new semester.

Teacher Workday & HumanX
Reminder the survey our staff took before Christmas break? I will be getting the report earlier that week from Mr. Worthy and the company. However during the teacher workday, the HumanX staff will come and visit with you about your responses to the survey. Afterward, the HumanX staff will be helping you develop a plan to improve our campus. Dr. Bright and I will not be present with you during this meeting so you can work with the HumanX staff openly. The HumanX staff come and visit our campus staff from 10:50-12:05 in the library. All staff members, please make plans to be present.

Video Worth Watching
If you have been reading the #SnowTechWeekly from Mr. @zachsnow you have probably heard about Kid President. His videos are so funny! Below is a Pep Talk from Mr. President I thought you would enjoy!


Dates to Remember
  • January 6-January 31 - Yearbook Orders
  • January 13 - Monthly Staff Meeting
  • January 16 - All Pro Dads @ 7:00am
  • January 16 - Early Release @ 12:30pm
  • January 17 & January 20 - No School
  • January 21 - PTO Board Mtg @ 6:00pm
  • January 22 - Team Leader Meeting @ 3:30pm
  • January 29 & 30- 4th Grade Writing Benchmark
  • January 30 - Chick-fil-a Spirit Night @ 5:00-7:30pm
  • February 3 - 3rd & 4th Grades Math Benchmark
  • February 4 - 3rd & 4th Grades Reading Benchmark